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Jury Seated for Trial of Accused Northampton Arsonist

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — Jury selection has been completed in the trial of accused arsonist Anthony Baye.

Wednesday morning, one final juror was seated, capping off a process that began Monday in Hampden County Superior Court.

Twenty-eight-year-old Baye has pleaded not guilty to the charges that include arson and murder. Prosecutors say he set 15 fires on Dec. 27, 2009, including a house fire that killed 81-year-old Paul Yeskie Sr. and his son, 39-year-old Paul Yeskie Jr.

Judge Constance Sweeney moved the trial out of Northampton, and also ruled that Baye will be tried only on charges related to the December fires. She tossed out charges related to five fires earlier in 2009.

Opening statements will be heard Thursday morning in Springfield.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.